Sweater Weather Meets Comfort Food

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“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is time for home.”
– Edith Sitwell

Yes, it’s finally here – “sweta’ wetha” as we say in New York – with restaurants all across the tri-state area beefing up their menus with mouthwatering stews, soups and even desserts that will fill your body, your soul and your spirit with tastes and scents reminiscent of the comfort of your own childhood kitchen.

But, just like you can’t wear your favorite sweaters all at once, we know you can’t eat comfort-food all the time. That’s why any good foodie will tell you that the trick of the season is picking the right places to grab those comfort-food delights so you get the best dining experience all season long. It’s not just what to eat, but where to eat that matters – and we’ve picked two of the best New York restaurants to feature here that we think you’re really going to love, both featured in the MICHELIN Guide for good quality, good value cooking.


Comfort Food Must-Try #1

Chutney Masala Indian Bistro

Location: 76 Main Street, Irvington, NY 10533

Foodie Comfort Food Rating: A+

Why We Love It: Chef and co-owner, Navjot Arora, started his love of food right in his mother’s kitchen and that love translates into satisfying, flavorful tastes using recipes passed down through the generations.

Comfort food favorites on the menu include appetizers like, Imli Baigan (Eggplant fritters coated with tamarind sauce), Signature Cocktails like, Chai It You Will Like It (gin masala chai-sweet vermouth) and Salli Boti Zardallo (Free range lamb stew with apricots topped with pommes mignonettes).

There’s so much to choose from and every dish is carefully crafted using homemade spices and local produce to bring out the most remarkable flavors, so if you’re wondering where to eat near Irvington, New York you definitely want to give Chutney Masala Indian Bistro a try.

Make your reservation today: https://chutneymasala.com/


Comfort Food Must-Try #2

Miss Mamie’s Spoonbread Too

Location: 266 W 110th Street, New York, NY 10025

Foodie Comfort Food Rating: A+

Why We Love It: Owner and caterer, Norma Jean Darden, transports us back to her childhood kitchen with family recipes right out of the cookbook, “Spoonbread and Strawberry Wine” she wrote with her sister Carole.

Everyone from college students to VIPS like former President Clinton, has visited Miss Mamie’s Spoonbread Too for home-cooked meals away from home – and once you stop by you’ll understand why people are always coming back for seconds.

You’ll enjoy classic, satisfying, soul-food favorites – the kind that warm your belly with every bite – with menu must-trys including soups like, Miss Mamie’s Famous Seafood Gumbo, favorites like, Miss Mamie’s “Sampler” (shrimp, ribs, chicken and vegetables) and, for dessert, Miss Mamie’s Signature Bread Pudding. Oh, and if you’re looking for a little extra “comfort,” don’t forget to try the sides like Macaroni & Cheese, Mashed Potatoes and, of course, Cornbread Stuffing (delish!).

Check out the menu!

Fried Chicken plate from foodgasm_with_samzum/Instagram

So, if you’re looking for somewhere great to eat tonight, grab your best sweater (and your best friend) and head to Chutney Masala Indian Bistro or Miss Mamie’s Spoonbread Too for some delicious comfort-food and let us know below what you think. We’d love to hear from you!

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